This Classical Life

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Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With Lucy Armstrong20190622

Jess Gillam is joined by composer Lucy Armstrong to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest today is composer Lucy Armstrong and together they have selected music from Smetana to Sondheim.

Jess Gillam is joined by composer Lucy Armstrong to share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With Martynas Levickis20190608

Jess Gillam is joined by accordionist Martynas Levickis to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis, together they have chosen music by Mozart, Mahler, Bjork and some electro swing from Parov Stelar.

Jess Gillam is joined by Martynas Levickis to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Alexia Sloane20191012

Jess Gillam is joined by composer and poet Alexia Sloane to swap music including John Luther Adams immersive Become Ocean, the sublime vocal harmonies of Kraja, Steve Reich's Music for 18 musicians, Smetana and a soul classic by Aretha Franklin.

Here's the music we played today...

Bedrich Smetana - Ma vlast, Vltava [Moldau]
Kraja- Polska Till Rut
Francis Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe FP, 185; 1. Allegro
John Luther Adams - Become Ocean
Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer
Hildegard Von Bingen - Digiti Viriditas Dei
Steve Reich - Music for 18 musicians
John Tavener - The Protecting Veil

Jess and Alexia swap music including Hildegard Von Bingen and Smetana.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Alexia Sloane20191012

Jess and Alexia swap music including Hildegard Von Bingen and Smetana.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Amy Harman2019051120190810 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the bassoonist Amy Harman, principal bassoon with Aurora Orchestra and English National Opera. Their music ranges from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Handel and Vivaldi, some classic Miles Davis and new music by Caroline Shaw.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Amy share music from Bernstein to Vivaldi, Miles Davis and Caroline Shaw.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Amy Harman2019051120190810 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the bassoonist Amy Harman, principal bassoon with Aurora Orchestra and English National Opera. Their music ranges from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Handel and Vivaldi, some classic Miles Davis and new music by Caroline Shaw.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Amy share music from Bernstein to Vivaldi, Miles Davis and Caroline Shaw.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Amy Harman20190511

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the bassoonist Amy Harman.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is Amy Harman, principal bassoon with Aurora Orchestra and English National Opera, and their music ranges from Bernstein's Candide Overture to music by Handel and Vivaldi, some classic Miles Davis and new music by Caroline Shaw.

Jess Gillam is joined by bassoonist Amy Harman.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Belle Chen20190413

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist and sound artist Belle Chen.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen, and their 30-minute musical journey includes Korngold's Violin Concerto, music for prepared piano by John Cage and Aphex Twin, Sibelius' 7th Symphony and Herbie Hancock playing Ravel.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Belle's music:

Korngold - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, 3rd movement (Nicola Benedetti/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits)
Ravel/Hancock - Piano Concerto in G, 2nd movement (Herbie Hancock/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
Traditional - Jag vet en dejlig rosa (Martin Frost/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Adolf Fredrik’s Girls Choir)
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No.2, 3rd movement (Vladimir Ashkenazy/Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra/Kirill Kondrashin)
John Cage - Sonata No.5 (Boris Berman)
Sibelius - Symphony No.7 (BBC Philharmonic/John Storgards)
Aphex Twin - Kladfvgbung Mischk (from album Drukqs)
Marquez - Danzon No.2 (Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Belle Chen.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Callum Smart20190831

Violinist Callum plays Jess some classic Michael Brecker.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Cecilia Bignall20190907

Jess and Cecilia swap music from Verdi and Prokofiev to Mica Levi and Nino Rota.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Cecilia Bignall20190907

Jess and Cecilia swap music from Verdi and Prokofiev to Mica Levi and Nino Rota.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Fiachra Garvey20190921

Jess and pianist Fiachra Garvey swap the music they love, including Bernstein that makes them both want to dance, Holst's joyful Jupiter from The Planets and Fiachra embraces his Irish roots with Thin Lizzy's Whiskey in the Jar.

Here's what we played this episode...

Leonard Bernstein - Mambo from West Side Story
Johannes Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor (Scherzo)
Nils Frahm - Ambre from Wintermusik
Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar
Gustav Holst - The Planets - suite Op.32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Fryderyk Chopin - Polonaise op 53 "Heroic"
Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No 7 (last movement)

Jess Gillam is joined by pianist Fiachra Garvey to swap and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Fiachra Garvey20190921

Jess Gillam is joined by pianist Fiachra Garvey to swap and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Freya Waley-Cohen20190928

Jess Gillam and composer Freya Waley-Cohen swap Messiaen's frenetic Joy of the Blood of the Stars from Turangalîla, a Procol Harum classic performed by King Curtis, Ravel, Janacek and Shostakovich.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Here's what we listened to today...

Olivier Messiaen - Turangalîla-Symphonie; V. Joie Du Sang Des Étoiles Vif, Passionné Avec Joie
William Byrd - Miserere Mei, Deus arr. Nico Muhly
Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul - Steaph’s Red Shoes
Maurice Ravel - Piano concerto in G major - Adagio Assai
Gabriella Smith - Carrot Revolution
King Curtis - A Whiter Shade of Pale
Leoš Janáček - Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: 2nd mvt: Ballada con moto
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony no. 11, 4th movement “Alarm”

Jess Gillam is joined by composer Freya Waley-Cohen to share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Freya Waley-Cohen20190928

Jess Gillam is joined by composer Freya Waley-Cohen to share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Heloise Werner20190629
Jess Gillam With... Heloise Werner20190629

Jess Gillam is joined by the singer and composer Heloise Werner, a member of the young new music ensemble, The Hermes Experiment. Their music includes Shostakovich's Festive Oveture and Strauss' epic tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, plus tracks by Meredith Monk and Graham Fitkin.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Heloise share music by Shostakovich, Strauss, Meredith Monk and Graham Fitkin.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Heloise Werner2019062920191026 (R3)

Jess Gillam is joined by the singer and composer Heloise Werner, a member of the young new music ensemble, The Hermes Experiment. Their music includes Shostakovich's Festive Oveture and Strauss' epic tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra, plus tracks by Meredith Monk and Graham Fitkin.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Heloise share music by Shostakovich, Strauss, Meredith Monk and Graham Fitkin.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Heloise Werner20190629

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Ian Arber20191005

Jess is joined by film composer Ian Arber, who wrote the theme tune for the TV coverage of BBC Proms 2019. They swap tracks including music by Penderecki, Terence Blanchard, Bach and Rachmaninov.

Today we listened to...

Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta No. 1 - Vivace
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-Sharp Minor (No. 2), Op. 3.
Frederic Rzewski - Attica
John Barry - The Knack… and How to Get it.
Benjamin Britten - Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Cuckoo!
Terence Blanchard - Leeves
Gustavo Santaolalla - De Usuahia a la Quiaca
JS Bach - Badinerie from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV1067

Jess and Ian swap tracks including music by Penderecki and Terence Blanchard.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Ian Arber20191005

Jess and Ian swap tracks including music by Penderecki and Terence Blanchard.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Isata Kanneh-Mason2019042720190803 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and their musical choices include a Brahms intermezzo, film music by Michael Nyman, symphonies by Beethoven and Walton, and tracks by Beyoncé and Radiohead.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Isata swap tracks by Beyonce, Radiohead, Brahms and Michael Nyman.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Isata Kanneh-mason2019042720190803 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and their musical choices include a Brahms intermezzo, film music by Michael Nyman, symphonies by Beethoven and Walton, and tracks by Beyoncé and Radiohead.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Isata swap tracks by Beyonce, Radiohead, Brahms and Michael Nyman.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Isata Kanneh-Mason20190427

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the 22-year-old pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and their musical choices include a Brahms intermezzo, film music by Michael Nyman, symphonies by Beethoven and Walton, and tracks by Beyonce and Radiohead.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Isata’s music:

Michael Nyman - Prospero’s Books: Miranda (Michael Nyman Band, Michael Nyman)
Brahms - Intermezzo B flat minor Op.117 No.2 (Nelson Freire)
Stravinsky - Violin Concerto; 3rd movement (Patricia Kopatchinskaja/ MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis)
Radiohead - Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
Beethoven Symphony no.7; 3rd movement (Vienna Philharmonic/Carlos Kleiber)
Beyonce - Hold Up (from album Lemonade )
Walton - Symphony No.1, 4th movement (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner)
Rachmaninov - Cello Sonata; 3rd movement Andante (Rostropovich and Horowitz recording)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Isata Kanneh-Mason.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Jessie Grimes20190914

Jess and clarinettist Jessie Grimes swap the music they love, including the Mozart Clarinet Concerto that first sparked Jessie's interest in the clarinet, a Beatles classic with an indefinable opening chord, polished pop by Vulfpeck and Schubert's emotional Shepherd on the Rock.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

And here's what we played today...

Mozart - Clarinet Concerto KV 622 i. Allegro
Hard Days Night – Beatles
Franz Schubert - Der Hirt auf dem Felsen for voice, clarinet and piano (D.965)
John Harle – A Painted Life: IV. Painted Life
Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie (Op.64) VI. Auf dem Gipfel
Jess: Satie - Je Te veux
Vulfpeck - Animal Spirits
Mussorgsky - The Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition

Jess Gillam is joined by clarinettist Jessie Grimes to share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Jessie Grimes20190914

Jess and clarinettist Jessie Grimes swap the music they love, including the Mozart Clarinet Concerto that first sparked Jessie's interest in the clarinet, a Beatles classic with an indefinable opening chord, polished pop by Vulfpeck and Schubert's emotional Shepherd on the Rock.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam is joined by clarinettist Jessie Grimes to share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Jonathon Heyward20190615

Saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by the conductor Jonathon Heyward to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the conductor Jonathon Heyward and between them they have chosen music by Stravinsky, Satie and Stevie Wonder.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Lauren Fagan20190706

Jess Gillam is joined by the soprano Lauren Fagan, a recent graduate of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. They chat about the music they love, from Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, to Queen and John Adams, and Barbara Bonney singing Schubert

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTAs, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast from BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam and Lauren Fagan share music from Copland to Queen, John Adams and Schubert.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Lauren Fagan20190706

Jess Gillam is joined by the soprano Lauren Fagan, a recent graduate of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. They chat about the music they love, from Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, to Queen and John Adams, and Barbara Bonney singing Schubert

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTAs, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast from BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam and Lauren Fagen share music from Copland to Queen, John Adams and Schubert.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Martin James Bartlett20190713

Jess Gillam is joined by the pianist Martin James Bartlett, a former winner of BBC Young Musician who has just released his debut album 'Love and Death'. They share music from the explosive overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila to contemplative Peter Gabriel, a classic recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony and Max Richter.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Lilfe is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Martin choose Glinka, Peter Gabriel, Richter and Karajan conducting Tchaikovsky.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Martin James Bartlett20190713

Jess Gillam is joined by the pianist Martin James Bartlett, a former winner of BBC Young Musician who has just released his debut album 'Love and Death'. They share music from the explosive overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila to contemplative Peter Gabriel, a classic recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony and Max Richter.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Lilfe is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Martin choose Glinka, Peter Gabriel, Richter and Karajan conducting Tchaikovsky.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Martynas Levickis2019060820191019 (R3)

Jess Gillam is joined by the Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis, known for his exciting arrangements of everything from Bach to Daft Punk. Together they have chosen Teodor Currentzis conducting Mozart, the Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony, Bjork and some electro swing from Parov Stelar.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Martynas share music by Mozart, Mahler, Bjork and Parov Stelar.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Ollie Howell2019040620190727 (R3)

Saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Ollie's tracks include Dvorak, Quincy Jones and Nadia Boulanger.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Ollie Howell2019040620190727 (R3)

Saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Ollie's tracks include Dvorak, Quincy Jones and Nadia Boulanger.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Ollie Howell20190406

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her first guest is the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker, and the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with composer Ollie Howell.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with the composer Ollie Howell.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her first guest is the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Forthcoming guests include the pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, the double bassist Sam Becker, and the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Ollie's music:

Antonin Dvorak – Symphony No.9 'New World', 1st movement (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop)
Quincy Jones - The Separation (‘The Color Purple’)
Bela Bartok - Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, 3rd movement (Cedric Tiberghien, Francois-Frederic Guy - piano / Colin Currie, Sam Walton - percussion)
Nadia Boulanger - Vers La Vie Nouvelle (Lucy Mauro - piano)
Steve Reich - Music for a Large Ensemble (Steve Reich Ensemble - ECM Recording)
Franz von Biber – Passacaglia in G minor 'Guardian Angel' (Rachel Podger - violin)
Maurice Ravel - La Valse (New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein)
Vernon Duke/Yip Harburg - April in Paris (Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong)

Saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her brand new weekly show, with guest Ollie Howell.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Sam Becker2019042020190817 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess in 2018. The tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Sam share music by Debussy, Dowland, Bowie and Berlioz two ways.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Sam Becker20190420

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Sam's music:

Debussy - Sarabande (Basel Chamber Orchestra/Armin Jordan)
Julia Wolfe - Reeling (Bang On A Can All-Stars, from the album Field Recordings)
Dowland - Flow my teares (Iestyn Davies countertenor, Thomas Dunford lute)
David Bowie - Heroes
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, 4th movement; Marche au supplice (Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle)
Serpentwithfeet - Four Ethers
Shostakovich – Adagio from Golden Age Suite (Alexandre Doisy soprano saxophone/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada)
Bach/Vulfpeck - Prelude 10

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with bass player Sam Becker.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the double and electric bass player Sam Becker, who has co-presented the BBC Young Musician podcast with Jess, and the tracks they share with each other range from Debussy's Sarabande to David Bowie's Heroes, and from Dowland's Flow my teares to serpentwithfeet's take on Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Sam's music:

Debussy - Sarabande (Basel Chamber Orchestra/Armin Jordan)
Julia Wolfe - Reeling (Bang On A Can All-Stars, from the album Field Recordings)
Dowland - Flow my teares (Iestyn Davies countertenor, Thomas Dunford lute)
David Bowie - Heroes
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique, 4th movement; Marche au supplice (Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle)
Serpentwithfeet - Four Ethers
Shostakovich – Adagio from Golden Age Suite (Alexandre Doisy soprano saxophone/Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Kazuki Yamada)
Bach/Vulfpeck - Prelude 10

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with guest Sam Becker

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Segun Akinola2019050420190720 (R3)

Doctor Who composer Segun Akinola is in the hot seat, kicking off with the track that awoke his lifelong passion for music. Also in this ep: Jess and Segun talk “dad music”, breaking down barriers in genre and why Live and Let Die is the funnest Bond theme song of all time.

This Classical Life is a show and podcast from BBC Radio 3. Every episode, saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by a special guest to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles and genres.

Tracklist:
Gustav Holst: Mars, the Bringer of War from The Planets
Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major (2nd mvt)
Snarky Puppy: Shofukan
Cristóbal de Morales/The Hilliard Ensemble/Jan Garbarek: Parce mihi Domine
John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Wings: Live And Let Die
Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (finale)

Doctor Who composer Segun is in the hot seat with tracks by Holst and Snarky Puppy.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Segun Akinola2019050420190720 (R3)

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the TV and film composer Segun Akinola, whose credits include the latest series of BBC One's Doctor Who. Their choices include music from The Planets by Holst and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Ravel's String Quartet, and tracks by Snarky Puppy and Spiritualized.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first-ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Segun share music by Holst, Stravinsky, Ravel and Snarky Puppy.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Segun Akinola20190504

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the TV and film composer Segun Akinola.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess is joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the composer Segun Akinola, whose credits include the latest series of BBC One's Doctor Who. Their choices include music from The Planets by Holst and Stravinsky's Firebird suite, Ravel's string quartet, and tracks by Snarky Puppy and Spiritualized.

Jess Gillam is joined by the film and TV composer Segun Akinola.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam with... Stephanie Childress2019060120190824 (R3)

Jess Gillam is joined by the conductor and violinist Stephanie Childress, who has been described as a 'seriously exciting (and unnervingly young) talent'. Their musical choices take us from Poulenc to Rachmaninov via the Beach Boys and a Doris Day classic.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess and Stephanie share music Poulenc, Rachmaninov, the Beach Boys and Doris Day.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam With... Stephanie Childress20190601

Jess Gillam is joined by conductor and violinist Stephanie Childress, to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the conductor and violinist Stephanie Childress who has been described as a 'seriously exciting (and unnervingly young) talent'. Their musical choices take us from Poulenc to Rachmaninov via the Beach Boys and a Doris Day classic.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam is joined by Stephanie Childress to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam... with Adam Szabo20190518

Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the 29-year-old Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, who are redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts. Their musical choices include a Shostakovich waltz, joyful ‘sunshine’ recorder music by 16th century Spanish composer Diego Ortiz, piano music by Debussy, Goreçki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and their shared love, David Bowie.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam... With Lloyd Coleman20190525

Jess Gillam is joined by composer and clarinettist Lloyd Coleman to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is Lloyd Coleman - composer, clarinettist and Associate Music Director of the British Paraorchestra. Their musical choices include a Sabre Dance, sounds of the sea from Debussy, a 'modern classic' by Anna Meredith, the glorious finale or Sibelius Symphony no. 5 and Kraftwerk!

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Jess Gillam is joined by Lloyd Coleman to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by a musical guest to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam... With Martynas Levickis20190608
Jess Gillam... With Stephanie Childress20190601